Participatory learning in virtual worlds
The project wall for teams
For projects and project based learning (PBL)
Can you do that online?
Engagement comes from active participation. Working with a team on a project offers that potential. Teamwork is a learned skill.
- Project planning
- Gather ideas
- Organize ideas: objective, resources, products, actions
- Supports sharing ideas and brainstorming.
- Project-based learning (PBL)
- Got a big project? Give it a wall.
- Using a Project Wall to Support Gold Standard Project Based Teaching
- Traditionally done on a wall, blackboard, or whiteboard.
- How can we do it online?
Why a project wall for teams?
- Invites collaborative thinking.
- Can display all elements of the project.
- Can display pending action items and who owns them, adding social pressure.
- Persistent record of what has been done and what needs to be done.
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- Avoid virus restrictions.
- No travel needed, more time for work.
- Work remotely
- Available 24/7.
- Walls can be expanded as needed.
- Control who can see it: only authorized people can see it.
Why online for school?
- Students can have their own offices and keep their own work there:
- Increases student sense of participation and ownership of the project.
- Encourages sharing of information and ideas.
- Encourages informal discussion of parts of the project.
- Encourages peer evaluation.
- Available to parents and family--an an answer to "what did you learn in school today."
Use a carpet instead of a wall.
- That's an advantage that virtual has over physical: You can fly!
- So you can lay out the project wall on the ground.
- And people can fly to get an overview.
- The Illustration above shows a project map overview
- Here the labels are slanted signs, so they can be read from ground or above.
- I would use this arrangement for briefings and presentations also.
- I would walk through the display commenting on the status of various steps.
- I would probably make a video of the walk and commentary.
- The video would be available for presentations anywhere.
ground level view
- Illustration of how a briefing would look:
- At an early stage, only the assigned persons and beginning action items are known.
- As manager or teacher I might have assigned those myself.
- They would probably be research categories, such as alternatives and past history.
- It would be up to the team to develop subsequent action items.
- The action item lists would be in notecards stored in the signs.
- As action items were completed, links to the products would be put in the notecards.
- Thus the template is ready for a status briefing at any time.
- As teacher, I might tell the team to be ready for an update briefing every Friday.
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